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John AdeyAge: 5716401697

John Adey
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Birth about 1640

Birth of a son
John Adey
about 1660 (Age 20)

Death after 1697 (Age 57)

Family records now lost say that John was possibly the son or grandson of a Roundhead soldier. He was born at the time that the struggle between the King and Parliament began and he lived through the Civil War in 1642, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the plague outbreak of 1665 and the Gloucester smallpox outbreak of 1687. Family tradition says that he was the 12th wealthiest in Painswick in 1685. According to "Glimpses of the history of Painswick" by F. A. Hyett in 1700 there were 186 families in Painswick. John obtained Ifold (now Highfold) from widow Cooke some time after 1684. Ifold is also the site of a Roman villa. John Ady of Ifold was an overseer of the poor for Edge Tithing in 1686/1687. A hearth tax receipt for 1686 was still with Edward Henry Adey c 1950 but unfortunately cannot be found at present. He was a constable in 1695 and churchwarden in 1697. His signature or his sons is on the inspection of the parish accounts 24th April 1701. Stone from his estate was used in the building of the Congregationalist Chapel in 1705.

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